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  • On May 23, 2017, Ann Goering will be presenting on recent cases interpreting the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act at the 2017 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute in St. Paul.
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  • The United States Supreme Court recently issued two decisions that could impact Minnesota schools.
  • Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney is pleased to announce that Liz Meske has joined the firm as an associate attorney.  Liz is a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law, where she completed a judicial externship for the Honorable Donovan Frank of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.  Liz also comes to us with experience in school law, employment litigation, and civil rights litigation.
  • Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney is pleased to announce that Timothy Christensen has joined the firm as an associate attorney.  Tim comes to us from the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, where he represented the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Minnesota Department of Labor, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota Department of Corrections.  Previously, Tim served as a clerk for a federal judge in the Northern District of Iowa.  Tim graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.
  • Federal Judge in Texas Blocks Implementation of new Overtime Requirements
  • Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney recently received a pair of favorable decisions from the Minnesota Court of Appeals in the related cases of CLino et al. v. City of Lino Lakes, A15-0762 (Minn. Ct. App. March 28, 2016) and Gerald Rehbein et al. v. City of Lino Lakes, A15-0923 (Minn. Ct. App. March 28, 2016).  In those cases, the Court of Appeals upheld over $1,000,000 of special assessments levied by the City of Lino Lakes against factual and legal challenges raised by affected property owners.  Joseph Langel and Christian Shafer represented the City during the underlying trials and at the Court of Appeals.
  • Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney recently received a favorable decision in Jane Doe 175 v. Columbia Heights School District, A15-0713 (Minn. Ct. App. January 4, 2016).  In that case, the Court of Appeals ruled that the School District was immune from a vicarious liability claim premised on a former employee’s intentional misconduct.  Margaret Skelton and Christian Shafer represented the School District.
  • Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney is pleased to announce that Emily J. Schnaidt has joined the firm as an associate attorney.  Emily comes to us from the Minneapolis School District, where she served as a Public Service Fellow and assisted with advising District staff on data privacy and maltreatment of minors issues and conducted internal investigations.  Emily previously worked for school districts in Utah, Illinois, and Texas, including legal advisory positions and as a high school teacher.  Emily graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University Law School.  She speaks fluent Spanish.
  • The American Association of School Personnel Administrators published an article by Christian Shafer, Tim Sullivan, and Ashley Geisendorfer in its August-October 2015 issue of Perspectives Magazine.  The article is entitled “Transgender Employees and the Expanding Definition of “Sex” Under Title VII.”
  • Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney recently received a favorable decision in The Centennial Fire Fighters Relief Association, et al. v. City of Lino Lakes, et al., A14-1610 (Minn. Ct. App. June 1, 2015).  In that case, Joseph Langel and Ashley Geisendorfer convinced the Minnesota Court of Appeals that city residents do not have the power to overrule a city council’s decision to withdraw from a joint powers entity.  In January 2014, the Lino Lakes City Council passed a resolution authorizing withdrawal from a joint powers fire district according to the terms of the joint powers agreement.  Months later, a group of city residents / firefighters petitioned for a ballot question that would require “any action the effect of which authorizes withdrawal from the Centennial Fire District” to be put to the voters for approval or disapproval. The Council declined to put the question on the November 2014 general election ballot on the basis that the ballot initiative sought to review an administrative act, not legislation, and was therefore invalid.  The firefighters sued the City, claiming they were entitled to have their question placed on the ballot. The Anoka County District Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals found in favor of the City.  Both courts held that citizens’ referendum and initiative powers are limited to legislative matters and that Petitioners’ attempt to delay or annul “any action” to withdraw from the fire district would necessarily invade the Council’s provenance in carrying out administrative tasks.
  • Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney recently received a favorable ruling from the Minnesota Court of Appeals in the matter of Spargur v. Freeborn County.  The Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s negligence claim on the basis of common law official immunity.  Joseph Langel and Christian Shafer represented the County.
  • Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney is a proud sponsor of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial program.